On February 9th, we started a new semester in our Speaker’s Series with the talk by Dr. Hari Balasubramanian from UMass Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. Dr. Hari’s talk was on healthcare and he discussed the operational challenges in coordinating clinical and social needs for the sickest individuals in low and middle income settings. Prof. Balasbramanian worked on this research with his PhD students (including Ekin Koker who is our former Web Master), and collaborated practicioners from the industry. They used a highly granular dataset from Camden, New Jersey to simultaneously model both patient-level trajectories and workload estimates for care team members.
We enjoyed this talk tremendously and here are some pictures!
Our Chapter’s advisor Professor Nagurney took Dr. Hari and some students for lunch after the talk. In the following picture, you can spot Prof. Anna Nagurney, Prof. Hari Balasubramanian, Ekin Koker (former UMass INFORMS officer), Vijeta (VP), Mojtaba (Web Master) and Deniz (President).